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Brian found a salamandra in the woods. It was a little naranja salamandra that crawled through the dried leaves of the forest floor.
The salamandra was warm and cozy in the boy’s hand. “Come live with me,” Brian said.
He took the salamandra home.

“Where will he sleep?” his mother asked.
“I will make him a salamandra cama to sleep in. I will cover him with leaves that are fresh and green, and bring moss that looks like little stars to be a almohada for his head. I will bring crickets to sing him to sleep and bullfrogs to tell him good-night stories.”

“And when he wakes up, where will he play?”
“I will carpet my room with shiny wet leaves and water them so he can slide around and play. I will bring árbol stumps into my room so he can climb up the bark and sun himself on top. And I will bring boulders that he can creep over.”

“He will miss his friends in the forest.”
“I will bring salamandra friends to play with him.”

“They will be hungry. How will tu feed them?”
“I will bring insects to live in my room. And every día I will catch salamanders. And I will make little pools of water on parte superior, arriba of the boulders so they can drink whenever they are thirsty.”

“The insects will multiply, and soon there will be bugs and insects everywhere.”
“I will find birds to eat the extra bugs and insects. And the bullfrogs will eat them too.”

“Where will the birds and bullfrogs live?”
“I will bring trees for birds to roost in, and make ponds for the frogs.”

“Birds need to fly.”
“We can lift off the ceiling. They will sail out in the sky, but they will come back to my room when it is time for dinner, because they will know that the biggest, juiciest insects are there.”

“But the trees—how will they grow?”
“The rain will come through the open roof and the sun, too. And vines will creep up the walls of my room, and ferns will grow under my bed. There will be big mushrooms and moss like little stars growing around the árbol stumps that the salamanders can climb on.”

“And you—where will tu sleep?”
“I will sleep on a cama under the stars, with the moon shining through the green leaves of the trees; owls will hoot and crickets will sing; and siguiente to me, on the boulder with its head resting on soft moss; the salamandra will sleep.”
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With a mournful moan and silken tone,
Itself alone comes ONE TROMBONE.
Gliding, sliding, high notes go low;
ONE trombón, trombone is playing SOLO.

Next, a TRUMPET comes along,
And sings and stings its swinging song.
It joins TROMBONE, no más alone,
And ONE and TWO-O, they’re a DUO.

Fine FRENCH HORN, its valves all oiled,
Bright and brassy, loops all coiled,
Golden yellow; joins its fellows.
TWO, now THREE-O, what a TRIO!

Now, a mellow friend, the CELLO,
Neck extended, bows a “hello”;
End pin set upon the floor,
It makes up a QUARTET—that’s FOUR.

And soaring high and moving in,
With ZIN! ZIN! ZIN! a VIOLIN,...
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Long ago,
before the Civil War,
there was an old sailor called Peg Leg Joe
who did what he could to help free the slaves.

Joe had a plan.
He'd use hammer and nail and saw

and work for the master, the man
who owned slaves
on the cotton plantation.

Joe had a plan.
At night when work was done,
he'd teach the slaves a song
that secretly told the way
to freedom.
Just follow the drinking gourd, it said.

When the song was learned
and sung all day,
Peg Leg Joe would slip away
to work for another master
and teach the song again.

One day
a slave called Molly saw her man James
sold to another master.
James would be taken away,...
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One sunny day, a queen honeybee leaves her hive. Other bees, called drones, follow her. The queen mates with a drone. Now she can lay eggs.

The queen flies back to the hive. Laying many eggs in her job. She puts one egg in each cell.

In three days the eggs hatch. Out come larvae. Worker bees feed the larvae.

After five o six days, workers cover the larvae cells. Inside the cell, the larvae grow into a pupa. In about ten days, a young bee comes out of the cells.

Hives have only one queen. Most other bees are workers. Some bees are drones. Workers are females. Drones are males.

Young worker bees...
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Mrs. Davis felt peculiar as she took her morning bath.
“I feel like I’m being watched,” she dicho to herself.
And she was being watched…

…by Shirley Rat, the nosiest person in town.
“I see you’re using lila bubble bath,” dicho Shirley. “I personally prefer rose.”
Mrs. Davis pulled down the shade.

“I amor to know what’s going on,” dicho Shirley. “I don’t get paid for it—it’s my hobby.”
And Shirley’s hobby kept her very busy.

Reading other people’s mail took half the morning.
“You learn such interesting things,” dicho Shirley.

Listening in on private telephone conversations,...
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How many prongs do tu see?
I see two on the bottom—but on the top, three

Solution: Cover the parte superior, arriba of the trident and tu see two prongs. Cover the bottom and the trident now has three prongs. tu can draw this object, but tu can’t construct it. (impossible-object illusion)


The red tape on the letter is longer than the blue. But is this really true? Remember, now tu are in OPT!

Solution: Angles are sometimes tricky! The red and blue tapes on the envelope are the same length. If tu remove the...
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He was so small that his mother didn’t know he was there. The other piglets were always pushing and shoving, squealing greedily for food.

But the tiny pig was gentle, quiet, and never greedy. He always kept clean. While the other piglets rolled around in the mud, he would lie under his favorito! árbol wishing for wings to carry him into the sky.
One día he heard a terrible squeal. A large sembrar, puerca had fallen in the road. The little pig crawled under the fence and ran to help her.

He had to push with all his might, but at last he got the sembrar, puerca up on her feet again.

The sembrar, puerca thanked the little pig and she...
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Every fall, when the leaves start melting into pretty purples and reds and those bright golden shades of pumpkin, Mama says, “Coat time, Gabrielle!”

And they ride two trains to Grandpa’s tailor comprar in the city. On the Silver Express from Meadowlawn to Pennsylvania Station, Gabby sits close to the window, her nose pressed to the smudge-glass for nearly an hour.

At Penn Station they walk fast, through long, dark passageways and underground tunnels. On a distant speaker someone calls out, “Thirty-fourth Street! Thirty-fourth Street! Change here for the Downtown Express, Uptown Express and...
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My dad, Nino, makes the best pizza in the world.
I’m his best helper.

I help knead the pizza dough,

I help stir the pizza sauce,

and I help grate the cheese.

When the customers are finished, I know how to pick up their plates

and carry out the dirty dishes.

I help give the extra pizzas to hungry people in the alley who have no homes.

And…I help my dad serve our pizza pies!

People come from all over town to eat at Little Nino’s.
They wait in long lines because our restaurant is so small.

One night a man came to see my dad after the last pizza.
What did he want?

That night my dad told my mom we would...
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Boy: Tell me the story again, Grandfather. Tell me who I am.
Grandfather: I have told tu many times, Boy. tu know the story por heart.
Boy: But it sounds better when tu tell it, Grandfather.
Grandfather: Then listen carefully. This may be the last telling.
Boy: No, no, Grandfather. There will never be a last time. Promise me that. Promise me.
Grandfather: I promise tu nothing, Boy. I amor you. That is better than a promise.
Boy: And I amor you, Grandfather, but tell me the story again. Please.

Grandfather: Once there was a boy child…
Boy: No, Grandfather. Start at the beginning. Start at the beginning....
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